Be 2 Steps Ahead of the Others

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, we will do something entirely out-of-the-box for the book industry, as far as we know. We will offer a limited number of advance eBooks 90 days before the official release of the paperback, The Barefoot Spirit. Further, we will offer a limited number of packages. This will include the advance eBook along with the final release paperback including free US delivery in January 2013 (the official release date). So a limited number of people will get to read The Barefoot Spirit in eBook form prior to publication.

The Story of the Barefoot Spirit

This is a classic American brand story. The story traces the humble beginnings of the famous Barefoot Wine brand from the laundry room to the boardroom. It demonstrates how being undercapitalized was a catalyst for innovation. It celebrates tenacity in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds And it champions bootstrapping and just plain hard work.

Today, Barefoot is one of the largest wine brands in the country. It didn’t get there overnight. It got there through solid branding principles that respected the distribution system and the community. Its legacy of Worthy Cause Marketing freed it from expensive, repetitive advertising and helped hundreds of non-profits for two decades.

In contrast to today’s impatient world of “get rich quick” schemes, ours was a get rich slow scheme. We learned a lot of what we know the hard way and much of it is still not taught in schools. Unlike the popular prescriptive texts that fill the brand building book shelves, The Barefoot Spirit is a business adventure story that takes the reader on a seat-of-your-pants, real world journey of formidable challenges, astounding discoveries and unlikely solutions.

20-Year Tale Co-written by a Wine Writer

We told our story to our friend, Rick Kushman, who for years was the wine writer for the Sacramento Bee. We enjoy his humorous, easy-reading, conversational writing style and asked him to help write the book. The lessons are cheerfully woven inside a 20-year tale that’s inspiring, amazing and entertaining. It’s a case study, an idea book, an uncommon peek behind the curtain of the wine business and a snapshot of the American spirit West Coast style.

“They grew one of the great brands in the industry bottle by bottle, account by account, month by month, and year by year. They have been there, done it, and now have graciously put themselves out there to pass on the wisdom to others.”

– JOHN A. HINMAN, Hinman & Carmichael LLP, Wine Industry Spokesman and Advocate

If this sounds like an ad for The Barefoot Spirit, it is! We hope you’ll take advantage of this pre-release offer to read our story first and tell us what you think. Our goal is to help others avoid the pain we endured and learn from what we did right – and wrong! Here’s to the growth of your brand!

Get The Barefoot Spirit today!








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Who We Are

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey Barefoot Wine Founders

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey co-authored the New York Times bestselling business book, The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand. The book has been selected as recommended reading in the CEO Library for CEO Forum, the C-Suite Book Club, and numerous university classes on business and entrepreneurship. It chronicles their humble beginnings from the laundry room of a rented Sonoma County farmhouse to the board room of E&J Gallo, who ultimately acquired their brand and engaged them as brand consultants. Barefoot is now the world’s largest wine brand.

Beginning with virtually no money and no wine industry experience, they employed innovative ideas to overcome obstacles, create new markets and forge strategic alliances. They pioneered Worthy Cause Marketing and performance-based compensation. They built an internationally bestselling brand and received their industry’s “Hot Brand” award for several consecutive years.

They offer their Guiding Principles for Success (GPS) & Shelf Smarts courses to help consumer product brand builders achieve success. Their book, The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways To Engage and Empower Your People, helps corporations maximize the value of their human resources.

Currently they travel the world leading workshops, trainings, & keynoting at business schools, corporations, conferences. They are regular media guests and contributors to international publications and professional journals. They are C-Suite Network Advisors & Contributing Editors. Visit their popular business site at

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